|Nothing quite compares to sunrise on the sand dunes of Sossusvlei.|
Namibia is truly a land of contrasts, as we discovered on our visit last summer. If you’ve ever wanted to go on a safari, a good place to start is in this almost unknown country on the southwest edge of Africa. Namibia’s ecological diversity is attracting more and more visitors to the country whose tourism industry is just in its infancy.
|Private camps are plentiful and accommodations are very comfortable.|
|Airplanes take visitors where there are no roads.|
|Sand covering the mountains reminds you that this is desert.|
This may not be a trip for everyone. But if you have a keen sense of adventure and willingness to be surprised, Namibia will fill you with wonder. Here are some of the reasons I believe this country should be on your bucket list.
|We removed shoes and walked |
down the steep sand dune.
--But then the spirit soars when viewing the towering orange-red sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the south. Climb the dunes for a spectacular view of salt pans below—and walk barefoot in the soft sand that swallows your legs midway up the shin.--Marvel at the variety of ecology and wildlife. In the million-acre Palmwag Concession, you can follow trackers as they search for the endangered desert rhinos that live there. You’ll also learn how different wildlife species have adapted to the harsh desert environment.
|Rhinos are one of the "big 5" of African wildlife.|
--Guided safari drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles through private reserves allow for superb wildlife encounters. You may see unusual wildlife found nowhere else in Africa, with plenty of time to observe and follow the animals without feeling rushed or crowded.
|Elephants are another one of the "big 5" that safari goers want to see.|
|These lionesses were thirsty after dining|
on the giraffe that had recently bee killed.
|Flying over spectacular and rugged mountains in Namibia|
--Get a bird’s eye view of the varied topography on flights between wilderness camps. Scour landscape to admire imposing mountains, deep canyons, and vast plateaus below.
|We enjoyed a "sundowner" with refreshments as the sun descended.|
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier